JOE Biden played golf while riots exploded all over the US after the police custody shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright.
The president was snapped enjoying the course in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday as tensions escalated around the country and in some areas, turned violent.
Thousands of people gathered peacefully across America to demonstrate against police yesterdayCredit: Reuters
Biden leaves his cart after a round of golf at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, DelawareCredit: AFP
The president waves to reporters as he leaves the courseCredit: AFP
Meanwhile, protests continued on the streets of Chicago two days after footage of Toledo’s death was releasedCredit: Getty
Daunte Wright was shot dead during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, MinneapolisCredit: Facebook
Thirteen-year-old Adam Toledo was shot by Officer Eric Stillman with his hands raisedCredit: Chicago COPA
At one point, protesters threw fireworks at police officers, with one even throwing a scooterCredit: Getty
The outing with with Ron Olivere, the father-in-law of his late son Beau, comes at a time that the nation is seeing widespread civil unrest.
“The course record is still intact,” Biden told reporters as he finished his first round of golf since becoming president Politico reported.
While Biden practiced his putting skills, demonstrations exploded and clashes broke out in Chicago, NYC, and Minnesota where protesters decried police shootings in the US.
Thousands of people gathered peacefully across America to demonstrate against police yesterday – but as the night went on, tensions grew and protests continued into Saturday.
Dozens of people were arrested and several injured following clashes between BLM protesters and cops on Friday night.
Police officers take a protester into custody as hundreds of BLM protesters gathered in NYCCredit: Getty
Demonstrators demanded justice for Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old who was shot dead by policeCredit: Getty
Protests began across Chicago after the fatal shooting of ToledoCredit: AP
Meanwhile, Biden enjoyed his time on the golf course and chatted to reportersCredit: AFP
Demonstrators gathered in Logan Square Park, Chicago, to demand justice for Toledo, a 13-year-old who was shot dead by cops on March 29 as he ran from police.
Many said they were protesting to demand police reform and Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s resignation, claiming the current system does not work.
As the event came to an end at around 10pm, a small group of protesters began clashing with police officers.
Elsewhere, protests exploded across Chicago after bodycam footage of Toledo’s death was released on Thursday.
Toledo was fatally shot in an alley after running from police around 2.30am on March 29.
Video clearly shows the teen putting his hands up before he was shot and a firearm was found behind a nearby fence, per body cam footage.
Chicago Police officers stand near Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home as protesters march through Logan Square neighborhood during a rallyCredit: Getty
Protests began peacefully but tensions grew during the nightCredit: Getty
Cops arresting a protester in NYC yesterdayCredit: Getty
The arrest reports published by Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) indicated that the teen posed an “imminent threat of battery with a weapon” as pressure mounted for the footage to be shown.
The police report said Officer Eric Stillman shot Adam for allegedly not following directions, running, using significant force likely to “cause death or great bodily harm,” and being armed with a semi-automatic pistol.
Meanwhile, clashes also broke out at Brooklyn Center in Minneapolis where Daunte Wright, 20, was shot dead last Sunday – miles from where Derek Chauvin‘s trial is underway for his police custody killing of George Floyd.
Almost 1,000 people gathered in front of the police headquarters in the city by 9pm yesterday, the Star Tribune reports.
The protest was peaceful at the beginning, but became tense during the evening with a speaker leaving a message for police officers, saying: “We’re going to make their lives miserable every night.”
Demonstrators demanded charges for ex-Minnesota cop Kimberly Potter who shot Wright last week.
Wright, 20, was ‘accidentally’ shot by veteran cop Kim PotterCredit: Facebook
Protesters march through Logan Square neighborhood in ChicagoCredit: Getty
Protests began across America after the fatal police shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte WrightCredit: Getty
Demonstrations broke out after a video of Toledo’s shooting was released on ThursdayCredit: Getty
Police began deploying flash bangs to scatter the crowd, some of whom shielded themselves with umbrellas, according to reports.
Pepper spray was also used against some protesters after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly.
Around 100 people were arrested yesterday night following the clashes, KSTP reported.
Protesters also gathered in the Big Apple, with some people holding signs with the names of victims of the fatal shootings.
Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with police in Brooklyn near the Barclays Center and some people were reportedly arrested.
Several hundred people marched in Portland and vandalized stores and businessesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
A demonstrator holds up a sign as he is pepper-sprayed by police officers outside the Brooklyn CenterCredit: Getty
Law enforcement stand guard in an intersection near the Brooklyn Center police headquarters in MinnesotaCredit: Getty
Guardsmen line up near the Brooklyn Center Police DepartmentCredit: Reuters
Protests also continued in other cities including Atlanta and Washington DC.
According to the Washington Post, around 175 people rallied at the Black Lives Matter Plaza.
At one point, protesters threw fireworks at police officers, with one even throwing a scooter.
In Portland, a fire was set outside an Apple store that also damaged other businesses on Friday night.
The police there declared the demonstration as a “riot” in which a group of protesters set fires and smashed windows of businesses, a church, and the Oregon Historical Society, according to The Oregonian.
Several hundred people marched through the area and began vandalizing and looting businesses, the police said on Saturday.
Authorities on Saturday asked business owners to review security footage to help the Portland police identify and catch the group of rioters that caused the destruction.
Minneapolis and other US cities are reportedly increasing security in preparation for potential civil unrest ahead of the jury deliberations in Chauvin’s trial over Floyd’s death set for next week.
Adam Toledo was shot dead by cops on March 29Credit: AP
People hold pictures of George Floyd and Adam Toledo at a prayer vigil for Daunte Wright in Times SquareCredit: EPA